If you ever thought that you couldn’t afford to go fishing in Alaska, think again. Laurel businessman and fly angler Dave Allen has helped organize two successful trips to Alaska with small groups of friends and family that have cost an average of about $1,200 for nine-day trips, including airfare.
The trick is renting an RV to camp out in, not hiring outfitters, doing a lot of research on what salmon are running in which streams at certain times of the year, and not eating out much. By splitting many of the costs, the rate per angler is greatly reduced.
Allen traveled to Alaska to fly fish for the second time last year, choosing late August for the visit. The timing was perfect to target runs of silver salmon, but they also caught rainbow trout, dolly varden, sockeye and humpys. The group flies in to Anchorage and drives the RV on tours to nearby rivers, creeks and the Kenai Peninsula.
Now is the time to start planning your outing.
(This post was written by Brett French, Outdoors Editor of the Billings Gazette)